Your 2019 Kick Start Process

November is a great time to Ctrl-Alt-Delete and re-set your personal business mind.

That’s why we have constructed a reflection process that gently allows you to review your achievments and dissapointments this year, bank your learnings and then allow you, with a clean slate and clear mind, to plan your next twelve months.

The good news, is that by the end of the process you’ll be thinking in next year…but its still only November!!!  You get a good number of weeks to help you prepare for your great design for next year.

Here’s your 2019 Kickstart document.

Enjoy!

…and if you want to share it – email me.

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How To Create Your Quarterly Weekly Milestones.

INTRODUCTION:

Individual weekly milestones are the key to success in achieving your quarterly goals.

Building a sequence of winning weeks, leads you to a winning quarter.

A quarter is a 13 week race.

AGENDA:

*S.M.A.R.T Quarterly Weekly Milestones in Place

* S.M.A.R.T Structure: a well-structured goal is Specific, Measurable, based in Action, is Realistic and has a Time deadline

BACKGROUND:

Go to your Quarterly goal, or if you have constructed a Quarterly Vision, work from that.

Thinking and working your way backwards to design your milestones has been proven to activate a positive mindset in your planning, which makes your thinking more resourceful.

To do this, firstly consider that you need to design your progress toward your goal in thirteen weekly steps.

Then, ask yourself the question: For me to have achieved that goal, what would I have achieved the week before?

That will give you week 12.

Then, ask yourself the question: For me to have achieved that milestone at week 12, what would I have achieved in week 11?

That will give you week 11.

Then, ask yourself the question: For me to have achieved that milestone at week 11, what would I have achieved in week 10?

That will give you week 10.

Repeat this process until you get to where you are now.

You are then armed with a clear milestone to achieve in your first week, moving forward.

This is how you create your milestones.

If you get stuck with this, email me.

 

 

How To Write an Effective Vision

INTRODUCTION:

A VISION is a document that inspires and focuses you on the achievement of a goal.

The discipline of making your vision effective is to read it regularly, at least once a day.  That way, you program your mindset into positive expectation.

You’ll find that a compelling, inspiring vision, is larger than life, is full of emotions of achievement, celebration and success, and as yet, not experienced by you in the present.

An engaging vision, is written in present tense, involves your senses, fires up your emotions, and, every time you read it, your pulse races, your blood rushes to your extremities and you will move into your hunger for your greatness instead of your addiction to your smallness.

A vision is something that when you read it, you enter into and experience your strongly desired future while you are living your daily life.  Every time you read it, you feed that desire.

A vision is something that keeps you going when push comes to shove, where you would usually stop.  A vision feeds your courage, your brilliance and keeps you living outside of your comfort zone.

AGENDA:

You have a Baseline and Vision in place and  Dynamic Tension is Unleashed.

BACKGROUND:

A BASELINE is a description of your current situation or state.  It’s a couple of paragraphs that describe your resources, your limitations, your state of mind, it tells the story of you at the starting post, as it is, right now.  It puts your vision into a context by defining your present circumstances in relationship to your goal.

A VISION is a description of where you want to be in a defined point of time in the future.  It’s a couple of paragraphs that describe your resources, what you have achieved, what it’s like having achieved thatand what your environment around you looks like with the changes you have made.  It’s written in present tense, as if it’s already happened. Martin Luther King in his famous “I have a dream” speech, painted the picture of his desired future – his “Vision”

DYNAMIC TENSION is a psychological phenomina where you are drawn toward achieving your vison.  Dynamic tension gets created when you vividly imagine your present situation and at the same time, vividly imagine your desired situation.  If you practice reading your vision every day, then  you build on that tension, and you are drawn toward your desired situation in your thoughts, words and actions.

Applying this technique to your goals, gives you access to a psychological support.  You will be able to easily maintain your actions and focus for achieving any goal that you can conceive. You will have a natural attitude of positive expectation. That’s why you write your baseline and vision and that’s also why you review your vision as often as possible.  This really works.

INSTRUCTIONS: Write your goal using the *SMART structure.

Then write a description of your BASELINE, highlighting the costs and pain of your current situation.

Then write your inspiring VISION from the point of view that you have already achieved it and  you are celebrating it and reflecting upon how you got there and what you have actually achieved. 

This needs to be written in present tense, in the now, as if it’s already happened.  It also needs to be written using vivid emotional language to describe your positive feelings of achievement of these goals.  Good luck. Contact me if you get stuck.

 * SMART Structure: a well structured goal is Specific, Measurable, based in Action, is Realistic and has a Time deadline

Use this handy template to create your effective vision:

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Your Decision Making Tool

Need to make a career decision?

Not sure what to choose or how to choose it?

Then try this 4 step process.

You’ll end up with this nifty tool, filled out to your specific and unique specifications, called your Decision Making Tool that you’ll be able to use time and time again to help you make resourceful decisions.

STEP 1:

Knowing what your 5 top strengths are helps you make Strength-based decisions.  Especially when you realise that doing things that develop on top of your strengths, will give you the biggest return on investment.  This forms  part of your Decision Making Tool.  You’ll be using the rigorous and respected Gallup Strengthfinder assessment tool.

INSTRUCTIONS: Go to Gallup Strengthfinders and pay $US20 and engage yourself with discovering your five top strengths at work.  Fill out the corresponding section on your Decision Making Tool FORMATTED

STEP 2:

Knowing what your 8 top work values are helps you make Values-based decisions.  This is important as our values are intrinsically invisible…most people have no idea of what their work values are.  This forms the first part of your Decision Making Tool.

INSTRUCTIONS: Open up Work Values Audit and print it out.  It’s designed for you to cut out 50 work Values and 5 columns to sort them under.   Follow the instructions and engage yourself with discovering your eight highest work values.  Contact me on +64 27339 7956 if you want help prioritizing your values.  Fill out the corresponding section on your Decision Making Tool

STEP 3:

Knowing what your 10 top work skill are helps you make Skills-based decisions.  This is important as the skills that delight us can even be skills that are not highly developed.  The important thing about knowing what delights you is that you will always work harder and longer doing the things that delight you – in fact, you’ll find great strength in developing those new skills…most people have no idea of what they love doing.  This forms the first part of your Decision Making Tool. 

INSTRUCTIONS: Open up Skills Audit and print it out.  It’s designed for you to cut out 50 work Values and 5 columns to sort them under.   Follow the instructions and engage yourself with discovering your eight highest work values.  Contact me on +64 27339 7956 if you want help prioritizing your values.  Fill out the corresponding section on your Decision Making Tool.

STEP 4:

Now you have your fully filled out Decision Making Tool. 

It’s time to start rating your different decisions against each one of your values, skills and strengths.  You consider whether each option fulfills your Value/Strength/Skill…or not. Place a tick against each of those critera where the role aligns with your Value/Strength/Skill.

INSTRUCTIONS: Rate how each option fulfils your Value/Strength/Skill under each option’s heading.   Compare each option, seeking your best fit.

If you get stuck, contact me on +64 27399 9756 and we’ll discuss it until you find your clarity.

If you find your clarity yourself – email me and let me know how you went with this process.Clarity

What Drives Greatness.

I’ve been daily dipping into Stoicism a la daily blogs via the Daily Stoic.

Fantastic stuff and certainly with my weekly conversations with CEO’s from a variety of industries, there is a relevance to the unique person who takes on such a challenging adventure.

These are ancient writings, but with a humbling relevance to today.

Please enjoy this post they wrote today.

You’ll find I thoroughly recommend you to take on reading their daily posts.

“It’s interesting, if you think about Greek and Roman mythology, that the Gods were so active and busy. Athena and Circe and Hermes all worked to help Odysseus. Apollo guided Achilles. Zeus and Jupiter were always getting involved in this squabble or that one. Sort of weird, right? They were Gods, they could do anything…or nothing…and yet they still worked really hard to keep the universe in balance or to see this cause or that one triumph.

There is a similar theme in the Bhagavad Gita. Krishna appears to Arjuna and tries to convince him of his destiny to fight in the Kurukshetra War. In one verse, he says, “I have no work to do in all the worlds, Arjuna, for these are mine. I have nothing to obtain, because I have it all. And yet I work…”

It could be said that the same theme emerges in the lives of Marcus Aurelius and Seneca and Cato, despite their status as lesser mortals. Marcus Aurelius was emperor and he could have just as easily spent his reign on an island retreat like his predecessor Tiberius. Seneca came from a wealthy family and could have spent his time on one of the family estates. Cato could have been a playboy or a bookish philosopher.

Yet all these men chose the active life instead. They chose to participate in public affairs. They risked their lives. They were not content to coast on their reputations or past accomplishments. They held themselves to high standards. They didn’t have to. But they did anyway.

And so must we–no matter how successful we get, nor how much easier it would be to rest on our laurels. Even when we have everything, even when we achieve wisdom and perspective about how silly and unimportant most worldly matters are, nothing exempts us from hard work. Nothing gives us a pass on our duty.

We just keep going. That’s the job of being a good person just as it’s the duty of a god.”

Trust you got an insight from that.  Let me know.

Mike.

The Employability Skills

These have been developed and are continually being upgraded from market research into what employers are looking for from their employees.

This list is certainly different to what it was five years ago.  Things certainly change.

Technology, thinking, globalisation all have a part to play in this as well as the adoption of Agile methodologies in the workplace.

When you are designing your resume, make sure you highlight and address each one of these in order to grab the attention of the employer.

  • Decision Making
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Teamwork

Coaching is a Spiritual Discipline

I just spent half an hour with a master.

He’s a coach, but he’s a coach who is always coaching.

You know you aren’t just going to have a conversation with him.

He always turns the light upon you.

He opens you up like a can, you feel your insides squirm,

You know he is asking questions you never would ask of yourself,

You feel your blindsides dangerously close, you sense the dangers you’d never considered.

He called it working his craft…and he is a true craftsman.

Dancing lightly around you, his feet have the light touch of a Zen monk.

He’s up front with all of his prospective clients,

He’s not going to work with 90% of the people he meets with,

So let’s get honest here, if it works for you, great, lets move on.

If it doesn’t, it’s been great to meet you.

It’s that total honesty and respect that a coach gifts to you.

For that brief time, it is really, really…all about you.

That is a truly rare experience…and kings always find themselves surrounded by sychophants

He’s reminded me that the gift of coaching is to push back,

To acknowledge without hooks,

To give without selling.

Thanks Brad Giles – you are an awesome coach!

Your Work Values Audit

Thank you for coming here.  Welcome.

Welcome to your exploration of what you value at work.

This is really a journey of discovery and you may be in for some surprises.

For so long now, people have been telling you what you should value, what they want you to value…and what society wants  you to value.

Here, now, is your chance to find out what really is so for you.

Good luck, follow the instructions…and if you get stuck – email me.

Here is your:  Work Values Audit

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A Business With Community, Style & Soul

You know I love businesses, business models and businesses with clearly defined values and vision.

And I really love businesses that add value to their community.

One business I really love to visit in Sydney is Deus Ex Machina (The God in the Machine)

I was talking to the very knowlegeable and helpful Faidon about business models, motorcycles, Reg Mombassa and how much I loved this place when it opened, mixing art, motorbikes and coffee cultures –  a heady mix at that time!

He mentioned an amazing place for me to visit in Newtown – a business that mixed coffee culture, good food and bikes – but that had a community vision around helping locals maintain and rebuild their bikes – so I sought it out – it was called “The Rising Sun”

If you check out the website, it tells the story of friends coming together to bring their businesses together, using crowdfunding, making a difference to the community, using a club business model – they really have it all going on and are experts at maneuvering in this form of business.

Down  a back lane in Newtown, it’s the sort of place only locals would know about.

Here’s my first impressions:

Then I met Brad.

He’s a highly skilled mechanic who is managing the workshop, freeing up one of the owners to build their family.

He was articulate, reflective, an amazing teacher who oozed patience with both machines…and people.

He knew the business model intimately patiently fielding my questions and gently correcting me any time I generalised or assumed.  Both he and the owners are determined to stay true to their community vision.

On the community side, I couldn’t think of a better person to facilitate this amazing place of learning and fellowship.  This guy knows machinery...and he knows people.

He told the story that he had  motorbike accident recently and put it out to the community that he needed some help in the workshop.  The people came and helped.

This community is alive and well.

You eat fantastic food, you have great coffee, the environment is amazing, there’s an amazing mezzanine floor upstairs – great for meetings and get togethers – it’s  a community hub.

…and through the interior, there are hat tips to the investors and founders, giving credit, where credit is due.  The wall of fame pictured below, features spanners with names of crowd funding individual contributors engraved upon them.  The people who made this happen – all get acknowledged.  Everybody is a part of the community.

Go and Check it out!

If you have an idea for your community, who could you partner with to create an inspirational hub like this?

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Let me know what you think. email me.

 

Uncommon Service

The girls who wrote this are funny, relentless and drive their message of carefully thought-through service offerings that make trade-offs and concessions to traditional bean counting metrics that slashes costs of service delivery and increases profitability in unexpected ways.Uncommon Service

 

In fact, they often mention how, when such a company is purchased by another company and their accountants come in to streamline and optimise profits, that the opposite happens to every conventional wisdom they try to implement.

They talk about how in the quest for service excellence across all metrics, inevitably leads you to service mediocrity.

You are convinced, page by page, that the art to achieving excellence is to decide which areas of service you are willing to be bad at.

The trick is; thinking deeply enough to figure out which areas you will have the courage to be bad at.

“The truth is often buried deeper than where you intuition can reach.  Uncovering it starts with the willingness to stop treating your beliefs as facts.”

This book is remarkable…as are the two authors who both are driven by their unique inner grand purposes.

Francis Frey and Anne Morriss

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